Electric truck and sport utility vehicle buyers looking to get more bang per charge are going to have to keep waiting for new long-range offerings from startup Rivian.
The California-based auto manufacturer says certain trucks and SUVs designed to get more than 400 miles per charge will not be produced until 2023. Rivian is instead focusing on getting vehicles with smaller battery packs - offering a range of more than 300 miles per charge - to buyers who have placed preorders.
“In order to serve the largest number of preorder holders, we will be prioritizing building the Adventure Package with Large pack battery during the next year," Rivian Chief Executive Officer RJ Scaringe said in a recent letter to buyers, Reuters reports.
The Amazon-backed, which has long been expected to give Tesla a run for its money, went public in November. Like Tesla, Rivian sells cars directly to customers, rather than through a dealership or other middleman.
Rivian has so far produced 650 vehicles, according to Reuters, and has shipped 400 of those cars to buyers. Production has been delayed as a result of supply chain issues also impacting other carmakers.
The company said only about 20 percent of some 71,000 vehicle orders it has received are for the Max pack, the larger battery capable of getting 400 miles per charge.
California Drivers’ Rights
Whether you are holding out for a long-range Rivian or looking at another set of wheels, buying a vehicle is a big and expensive decision. Unfortunately, many car buyers find out long after the deal is done that their vehicles have significant defects that pose safety hazards.
Major auto manufacturers recall millions of vehicles every year, citing a wide range of malfunctions and defects that increase the risk of accidents and injuries. Many used cars are sold with open recalls that have not been addressed.
The good news for car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also requires carmakers to buy back vehicles that they cannot or will not fix. That includes repaying the downpayment, monthly payments and other related expenses.
A car manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement. A Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner who has been stuck with a lemon or is locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.
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